93-Year-Old Left to Freeze Leaves $500K to Hospital

Estate may be worth more than $500K
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Feb 5, 2009 10:03 AM CST
People stand in front of Marvin Schur's home in Bay City, Mich., Jan. 27, 2009. Schur, 93, froze to death inside his home just days after a municipal utility restricted his power usage.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The 93-year-old Michigan man who froze to death last month after his electricity was cut off was a World War II medic who left his estate—possibly more than $500,000—to a local hospital, CNN reports. Despite the savings, Martin Schur was $1,000 behind on his utility bill. “He loved his community,” says his nephew, who hopes the tragedy reminds others to “look out for their neighbor.”

“This can’t be allowed to happen in this country,” says a neighbor. Residents have urged a probe of the electric company, which had installed a device to limit power to Schur’s home. It was never reset, and it’s unclear whether Schur, who lived alone and was found dead Jan. 17, knew how to do so. The company has since removed all limiters.